Indo Swiss Joint Research Fellowship Programme

ISJRP Research Fellowship grants are intended to support Swiss and Indian Ph D. students seeking to undertake research in the counterpart country.

Applicants are expected to propose high quality research that balances the provision of training with the opportunity to advance knowledge in a given research area.

Priority Research Areas :
All science & technology disciplines.

Goals : To encourage ‘brain circulation’ between Switzerland and India

To enhance technical and personal development and future career prospects of students
To provide students with new learning experiences and networking opportunities in another country
Project duration Normally for between 3 and 12 months.

ISJRP Fellowship Eligibility Submission :

Applications will be accepted only from Swiss and Indian Ph.D students who are registered for Ph.D. in their respective countries. Masters and Postdocs are not eligible for this fellowship.

Applications must be prepared jointly by the visiting ph.d student and the hosting faculty / scientist and must be submitted in Switzerland and India simultaneously.

Ph.D students who have already availed this scheme are not eligible to apply.
Joint application forms can be downloaded either from this page or from the DST website

Submission in Switzerland :

Swiss ph.d student / host send the original of the completed joint application form, along with an electronic version, to the Swiss Program Office at

Ursina Roder
CM2 203, Station 10, 1015 Lausanne
Email : [email protected]

The printed copy must be signed by the Swiss applicant (written signature)
and the Indian applicant (electronic signature).

Submission in India :

Indian applicants send the original copy of the completed joint application form, along with an electronic copy in a single file in pdf or word format, as an email attachment to :

Mr. R.K. Sharma,
Senior Scientific Officer,
International Division,
Dept. of Science and Technology,
New Mehrauli Road, New Delhi – 110 016.
Email : [email protected]

The original copy must be signed by the Indian applicant (written signature) and the Swiss applicants (electronic signature).

Application Deadline :

Completed joint applications must be submitted not later than 30.11.2010. Late and incomplete applications will not be accepted.

It is intended to announce the results of this call in March 2011. Grant information A detailed budget will be required. In principle, the visit expenses expense will be split as follows :

The sending side pays the international travel related costs ie airfare, medical insurance, visa fees, domestic travel related to international travel etc. as per internal norms of the sending side. The hosting side pays for accommodation and living costs of the visiting student.

ISJRP Scholarship Evaluation and Selection :

Joint applications will be evaluated independently in Switzerland and India. In Switzerland, applications will be considered by EPFL and UNIL (if budget < CHF 10,000) or by the Swiss Steering Committee (if budget > CHF 10,000) on the basis of recommendations made by Advisory Board members and / or a panel of experts proposed by these Advisory Board members. In India, applications will be considered by DST.

Evaluation Criteria :

Scientific and technological merit of the proposed activities and of the anticipated outcomes
Feasibility of proposed approach
Qualifications and experience of applicants
Expertise of the host laboratory / institute
Benefits of the proposed activities for the establishment of research partnerships and institutional links between Switzerland and India
Potential for follow – on collaborative activities
Swiss applicants will be notified by EPFL, Indian applicants by DST. Evaluation and selection process may take about three months.
Reporting Fellowship recipients will have to submit a short scientific and financial report within two months of the end of the grant period.